Studio 6 Agency

ABOUT

WHO WE ARE

Studio 6 Agency founded by a group of agency runaways, striving to provide multifaceted, multichannel, multi-medium advertising and marketing support, traditionally the purview of much larger agencies. Grounding ourselves in a deep technical understanding of ideation, design, copy, code, and analytics, we adhere to a simple recipe for success: be a tiny giant. Our commitment to boutique agency-style client relationships empowers us to be lean, mean (by this we mean personable and nice), responsive, and adaptive. And thick glasses with addictions to learning, mastering cutting edge technologies, and data analysis fuel our passion to bring complex concepts to life as naturally (and beautifully) as the big guys. We take pride in our hands-on client service and our ability to deliver end-to-end campaigns that span the disciplines of print, digital, publicity and social media.

We are a close-knit, award-winning team with experience in the industry and life. Each team member is established in a particular industry and brings a unique set of talents to the table. This specific blend of experience and expertise allow us to easily understand our client needs and priorities. Our agency specializes in thinking big thoughts, putting them on small pieces of paper, building what we see on those small pieces of paper, and performing enough testing and refinement to qualify us as clinically obsessive compulsive.

WHAT WE DO

Media Planning & Placement

Our team has decades of experience in media buying, and incorporates a holistic mix of traditional, online and digital mediums. Let’s see how you might strengthen your buys, your campaigns and your bottom line. What good is great advertising if no one sees (or hears) it? Our media planners and buyers have deep expertise in the nuances of researching, negotiating and implementing the most effective advertising placement. We develop targeted strategies and execute performance-driven media objectives. The result is a media solution perfectly crafted for you.

Branding & Visual Identity

We’ve worked with individuals, companies, non-profits, and organizations to help build their visual identity and brand. What others see from the outside, says a lot about who you are, so it’s important to have a visual identity that is reaching your target audience. Let us work with you to help develop out your brand or start from scratch.

Design & More

We can work with you to help create digital pieces to be used on your web and social media networks, as well as help develop and create print assets for those of us that still need to physically print something out every once in a while. Our interaction designers and content strategists create the architecture for media outreach programs and web experiences that are intuitive and enjoyable to use, while exceeding business and marketing goals for our clients.

Web & App Design

We want to help create space to give your idea new life, to give it legs, to give it movement. These days, what better place than to start with a website. We have experience in working with a wide range of clients in helping to dream and create beautiful, functional spaces that are allowing their ideas to flourish.

Video & Photography

Video is the lingua franca of the Internet, crucial to a well-rounded Internet strategy. A short video can tell a story that engages people in ways that words on a page can’t. Video allows for a creative mix of sights, sounds, animation, live action and special effects that can tell your story online, in presentations and across social media. From initial script and storyboard to shooting and post-production editing and animation, we provide concept-to-completion video work for Web, broadcast TV, sales support and corporate communications.

Product & Packaging Design

We bring our clients’ vision to life and shape consumer experience through creative concepts and an unparalleled commitment to usability testing.

Social Media Management

We cultivate and raise the voice of your brand with a team of strategists, content managers, copywriters, and consumer responders, in order to drive meaningful social engagement with your target consumer.  We conduct a deeper audit of your desired vision, goals, audience, and channel opportunities. Working alongside your team, we’ll co-design a roadmap for community growth and content production. With clear goals and strategy in place, it’s time to put your plan into action. Our program covers all day-to-day digital activities used to cultivate community value. We connect once, twice, or four times a month to discuss progress, performance, and recommendations. Our huddles touch upon quantitative measurements and qualitative feedback.

Strategic Development

Having a marketing strategy or plan makes the biggest difference in your business or organizational success. Those who invest the time to think about major goals and milestones along with how they will be reached are those who succeed. After all, a goal that isn’t written down is just a wish without a plan. Let’s put it in writing and set you on the path to success. A great vision requires a great plan. As someone once said, “Never go into battle without a map.” Planning is the key to making smart decisions and getting the best ROI out of your marketing budget. Bringing your marketing activities together into a unified plan improves the effectiveness of everything you do and every dollar you spend. 

Market Research

Good market research can provide a better understanding of your audience, reduce unnecessary risk and identify the best opportunities for deploying your marketing assets. We provide competitive intelligence to help our clients see where they are positioned vis-à-vis others in their industries. What emerges is an enlightening, 360° view of the marketing challenges and opportunities ahead. We believe that effective marketing begins with a sound strategic plan. A plan that should be put into a binder and referred to often. In short, strategic planning should be a continuous process of defining and redefining goals and objectives, developing strategies and evaluating results.

CORE TEAM

Luigi Pippo
Senior Partner / Creative

Lou is a man who tells it like it is, and doesn’t believe in apologizing for it, so if you were to say that he had “some” experience in advertising, he would be quick to point out that this is a ludicrous understatement. Over the last 35 years, he has worked at numerous national and international advertising agencies, including McCann Erickson, Saatchi and Saatchi, BBDO, J. Walter Thompson, and PACE Advertising, as well as several boutique agencies. His past clients have included L’Oréal, Ralph Lauren, Sony, and Dick Clark Productions, just to name a few. He has won several ADDYs, CableACE awards, Art Director’s Guild awards, and Graphic Design USA awards, and was part of two teams that won CLIOs. With a BFA from Pratt Institute and a masters in mass communication psychology from Columbia, Lou knows his business. He is a master of persuasion (self-proclaimed, but clearly not unfounded) and thrives on competition. In other words, he’s someone every business that wants to truly succeed should have on its marketing team.

Along the way – presumably between wisecracking and award-winning – Lou has managed to acquire quite an eclectic list of hobbies. He paints and sculpts. He engages in archery, sharpshooting, and carpentry. He listens to Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits. He watches movies: The Godfather is his favorite. He can even fly a plane. Now he wants to learn Irish step dancing. Considering everything else he’s achieved over the years, one more hurdle – or jig, as the case may be – shouldn’t prove too difficult.

Maxie Grobner
Senior Partner / Marketing Director

Maxie knows how to keep everything in the office running smoothly, a skill she attributes (albeit warily) to the fact that her astrological sign is Libra. But it probably has more to do with the fact that she’s had an awful lot of experience. Since she graduated from the Technical University of Ilmenau in Germany with an MBA in marketing, she has worked in the marketing departments of the German TV channel MDR, the Wurzener Food Company, and GoGorilla Media – a diversity that demonstrates just how versatile she can be. Whichever client she’s working with, Maxie applies all her skill, passion, and dedication to helping the company succeed.

Outside of the office, Maxie is just as multifaceted as she is inside. A self-described handy girl, she loves working in the yard and building things. But she’s also a devotee of Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings movies, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a 1980s music fanatic, a $64 lottery winner, a chocolate milk addict, a dinner-for-breakfast eater, and – amazingly enough – an accordion player. In the future, she would love to mentor an exchange student in the ways of the Force – sorry, make that business.

Lora Juncaj
Brand Strategist

Raised in the Bronx and with a degree in marketing from Berkeley College – New York and another in graphic design from the Art Institute of New York, Lora is in charge of maintaining good relationships between us and our clients. And she does an amazing job of keeping both sides happy. Lora works to improve each client’s market position and help the client achieve financial growth by recognizing business opportunities and suggesting long-term organizational strategic goals. She also diligently stocks the office candy machine, for which we are all eternally grateful (and have increasingly bad teeth).

As much as she does for our clients, and for us, Lora does occasionally go home, or, more accurately, anywhere else in the world: She loves nothing more than traveling and meeting people from different cultures. But when she is home, she enjoys reading, watching Big Lebowski, Everybody Loves Raymond, and Night at the Roxbury, eating Starburst, listening to everything from Coldplay to Jay Z to Britney Spears, and showing up anyone who dares to challenge her mad FIFA skills. Shopping and making people laugh are always pretty high on her to-do list, too. And winning the lottery, but that one’s a little harder to arrange.

Sean Fitzgerald
Art Director / Digital Media Director

Although Sean once dreamed of becoming an astronaut and seeing other worlds, he now creates his own, with a little help from his computer and a degree in New Media from Purchase College. He has experience with video, graphic, programming, and web-based design, but is especially skilled at web development and video graphics. This latter talent likely helps explain why his video installation “Out of Order” won an award for Best Experimental Film. But Sean hasn’t let his win go to his head: he’s still incredibly passionate about learning new skills, especially in the creative world, and finds nothing more satisfying than seeing a project progress from start to finish.

Even off the clock, Sean is always making art, both digital and physical. He enjoys doing internet-based work, programming installations, and projection mapping, as well as woodworking. When he isn’t thus employed, he’s watching movies by the ever-quirky Wes Anderson, honing his metalworking skills, or puzzling over the popularity of the Kardashian siblings. His aspirations include snowboarding in Argentina, visiting his ancestral Ireland, adopting a penguin (the details are still a little fuzzy, or feathery), and starting a campaign to end open-mouth chewing.

Jose Muniz
Art Director

A Bronx born, New York native and rural wannabe, Jose has been working as a graphic designer for about a decade. He has gathered a wealth of knowledge in visual communications and design, but there is always more to learn and he has a passion for gathering and sharing that knowledge with other like-minded folk. Throughout schooling, he could never be found without his nose in a sketchbook, and he continues to exercise that creativity to develop concepts for ads, menus, logos, business cards, and more, and put them into visual form

When he’s off-duty, Jose can be found sketching, sipping copious amounts of tea, tending to his plethora of house plants, or watching old Kung-fu movies. When he was a kid, he wanted to either be an graphic artist or paleontologist. Obviously, he opted for the former. Now he dreams of learning how to blacksmith, exploring the world, and space travel.

Thomas Wesbecher Jr.
Art Director

Thomas Wesbecher, often referred to as the Michael Jordan of design, is a locally based digital artist who received his Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design from Full Sail University. Although perfectly happy working behind the scenes at Studio 6 on projects, he most enjoys meeting with clients during the initial brainstorming phase to help them bring their ideas to life. When not at Studio 6, Thomas is often found in his study, which has rich undertones of mahogany and good ideas and is filled with many leather bound sketchbooks.

He enjoys photography, long walks on short piers, and that feeling you get when you split an Oreo clean on the first try. His co-pilot, Cody, a.k.a Golden Delicious, a.k.a Mr. Baklava, is a pit-bull that has more nicknames than a 1980’s hype man. In the years to come, Thomas hopes to one day own his own studio – or maybe his very own country (no big deal) but for now, the Michael Jordan of design will have to do.